Attaining Bilingual Special Education Approval

School Psychologists in Illinois who work directly with children who derive from a bilingual background are required to possess the Bilingual Special Education Approval credential. This entails successfully completing one of two courses:

Assessment of the Bilingual Child and Psychological/Educational Assessment of the LEP Student with Disabilities.

Courses for the Bilingual Special Education Approval are offered at the following locations:


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 N. Wells Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
Email:  [email protected]
Course description for SP447 Nondiscriminatory Psychoeducational Assessment for Intervention with ELL Students
Offered in evenings during the summer semester (May-July)

Chicago State University College of Education
9501 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598
-Campus Location: ED 312
Telephone: (773) 995-2000/ (773) 995-2114
E-mail: [email protected]
(Bilingual Education Program) Web site:
Course(s): Evaluation, Assessment and Testing in Language Minority Ed

Loyola University Chicago School of Education
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 915-6800
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:
Course(s): Bilingual Assessment of School-Aged Children and Adolescents; Assessment of English Language Learners

National-Louis University Chicago Campus
122 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (800) 443-5522 X5147
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:
Course(s): Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Students

The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning Illinois Resource Center
2626 S. Clearbrook Drive
Arlington Heights, IL. 60005
Phone: (224) 366-8555
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:
Course(s): Assessment of Language Minority Students

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Education (MC 147)
1040 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7133
Campus Location: 3145 EPASW
Telephone: (312) 996-4532
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:
Course(s): Assessment of Monolingual and LEP Children with Disabilities

Western Illinois University Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL. 61455
Telephone: (309) 298-1183
E-mail: [email protected]
Course(s): Assessment of Bilingual and ESL Students

*This is not an exhaustive list.
**Not all courses will necessarily be offered every term at their institution.

Passing the Illinois State Language Proficiency exam. (The links below provide more details such as exam administration dates, registration information, etc.):

One must call one of the following numbers to obtain the Registration Bulletin Packet which contains study materials and application to take the language proficiency exam:

Illinois State Board Of Education
Tel: (800) 845-8749
OR National Evaluation Systems, Inc.
Tel: (800) 239-8107

After taking the Language Proficiency Exam, applicants and examinees may need to call Joline Redy (1-800-845-8749) in Springfield in order to obtain the PASS/FAIL results. Once one has successfully completed the single course requirement and passed the Language Proficiency Exam in the target population language, one must submit an application for Bilingual Special Education Approval. The form (73-67) can be obtained from ISBE (see above phone) or downloaded from the following web site: